WAIS Talent Search Looking for Next WA Sporting Heroes

Other | Published: Tue 12 September 2017

The Western Australian Institute of Sport will this month open its doors for a Talent Search Day with the aim of uncovering the state’s next sporting champions in Rowing and Track Cycling.


The WAIS High Performance Service Centre in Mt Claremont will provide interested participants aged 14-17 years with the opportunity to take part in a free trial day on Sunday, September 24th starting from 9am.


The trials require absolutely no previous experience in either Rowing or Track Cycling and will provide participants with a set of physical tests that will help to identify talented juniors with the potential to train into elite athletes.

Luke Durbridge rides to a world championship title in the men's team pursuit in 2011 

WAIS Rowing coach Jamie Hewlett said the trial day is aimed at putting Rowing and Track Cycling in the shop window.


"We believe there is a lot of talent within our community who would otherwise not have the opportunity to try sports like Rowing and Track Cycling,” Hewlett said.


"With this program we are trying to find the next Olympic champion and sometimes all that takes is giving talent their first opportunity in a new sport.”


Hewlett said the re-emergence of a WAIS Talent Search Day is aimed at following in the success of previous programs that have helped to unearth current West Australian high performance athletes at the elite level.

Luke Durbridge (Backrow, third from left) at a WAIS Talent Search back in 2006 

"Talent search programs like this have had great success in the past, producing some of our best WA athletes like former track world champion and multiple Tour de France competitor Luke Durbridge and Olympic rower David Watts.”


"Both of these athletes will once again wear the green and gold of Australia at World Championship level over the next few weeks and it’s fantastic to think that their first steps in elite sport were supported through a WAIS run talent search program,” Hewlett said.


For more information on the WAIS Talent Search or to register your interest, please visit the talent search booking page.


If you would like to speak with someone about the trial day, please contact WAIS on 9387 8166 or email: wais@wais.org.au with the subject WAIS Talent Search.


WHO: Participants aged 14-17 years.


WHAT: A free trial day offering testing for the Olympic sports of Rowing and Track Cycling. No previous experience in Rowing or Track Cycling is required.


WHERE: WAIS High Performance Service Centre – McGillivray Rd, Mt Claremont 6010.


WHEN: Sunday, September 24th 9am start (expected to run through to midday).